5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Powerful ‘OM’

by Conscious Reminder

A lot of people chanted OM so many times, and this symbol is present almost everywhere.

However, we have all probably wondered about this symbol, what its importance is, and what makes the wholehearted chant of a yogi to live in various symbolic presences?

These are the five facts we probably don’t know from before, which will help us deepen our knowledge, and also connect our heart to the OM as an ancient and sacred syllable.

OM’s sound encompasses every word, and sound in the language of humans.

OM is actually the matrix of every sound, and when in the diversified form, it also gives rise to every word used in a language.

From a linguistic point of view, the production of all the audible sounds is actually in the space within the mouth starting at our tongue’s root and ending at our lips. A is a throat sound, while M is a lip sound; U is the sound which represents the speech articulation’s rolling forward, which begins at our tongue’s root, continuing until the end of our tongue in our lips.

In order to pronounce this sound correctly, we have to remember that the sound vibration is actually pronounced “oom” just like in the word home.

OM and AUM.

In the Sanskrit language, “O” is the diphthong sound spelled “AU.” Diphthongs are blending of two vowels where both of them are heard normally, and they make a kind of gliding sound. Because of that, the difference between AUM and OM is transliteration.

AUM is the 3 Fold Division of Time.

A represents a waking state;

U represents a dream state;

M represents a deep sleep state.

At the end of pronouncing AUM, there is a silence, a pause. This actually represents a state which is called Turiya, or also Infinite Consciousness.

Its visual symbol represents the meaning related to AUM.

Visually, the OM symbol has three curves, a dot, and one semicircle.

The large curve at the bottom is the symbol of the waking state A.

The curve in the middle is the symbol of the dream state U.

The upper one denotes the deep sleep state M.

And, the dot symbolizes Turiya, the consciousness state.

The semicircle which is at the top actually represents Maya, separating the dot of the symbol from the three curves. It also signals that it actually is Maya’s illusion which is the obstacle preventing the realization of the Highest.

The symbol OM is connected with Ganesha.

Lord Ganesha’s physical form is believed to be the one of OM. Ganesha’s face or head is associated with the upper curve. His belly is represented by the lower curve, while the twisted one, on the OM’s right side, is believed to be the trunk.

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